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Doppio in Huntington: First bites

Pasta alla carbonara is among the choices at

Pasta alla carbonara is among the choices at Doppio in Huntington. (April 2013) Credit: Newsday Peter Gianotti

Doppio Artisan Bistro brings a very good, casual Italian restaurant to downtown Huntington.

You could ask whether the restaurant hub needs another one, but Doppio does carve its own welcome niche.

It's the offspring of a similar restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut. The new branch sends out tasty pizzas and pastas, plus panini, salads and a few savory main courses with meat or seafood.

You'll enjoy the meaty lasagna and hand-rolled fusilli in cartoccio, with porcini mushrooms, mascarpone cheese and tomatoes. The thin-crust, blistered pizzas are in red and white varieties. from Margherita to four-cheese.  A special layered with potatoes, some guanciale, and Taleggio cheese is one of the standouts.

And the owners did a fine job of transforming the space, once home to Twisted Vine and XO Wine & Chocolate Bar.

Doppio Artisan Bistro, 24 Clinton Ave., Huntington; 631-923-1515.

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